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The new Berlin: studies in a startup city

It’s prime territory for Instagram. The big windowed cafes and the streets riddled with clean graffiti and muted jazz. It’s obvious why Leipzig has been called “the new Berlin.” It’s also the place to encounter Germany’s confident youth; off on their own for the first time in a new city to study, party, and make art and music. A new attitude of communalism is adopted by this generation unafraid, parted from their parent’s hazy memories of the partitioned Soviet state. The austerity and order of Leipzig’s streets speak to scenes of recent unification. The wealth is gated and cold. The Continue Reading

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Feminist Ecoeconomics and the malevolence of competition: a student guide

My host father, Santi Peraita Ugarte, is not a man to shy away from big issues. While I backpacked through the appropriated ruins of Al Andulus in southern Spain, my host parents spent the weekend at a conference on environmental degradation and global inequality. Not exactly light material, but the conference offered an important analysis of global power structures based in the undervalued field of Feminist Ecoeconomics. In other words, an aspiring political scientist’s nirvana. I returned from Seville to find my host mom hunched over her laptop completing an article. Amidst the contemplative hush, I grabbed a cup of Continue Reading

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Una vista feminista: ESP and USA

I remember very vividly arguing with my Spanish host parents over a late lunch of jamón and lentejas about feminism and last names. “You’re not an object, Addy” my host mom told me decisively. We were discussing marriage in the United States and the tradition that requires women to take the names of their husbands when they get married. My host mom’s name is Paula Jardon Giner, her husband’s Santi Peraita Ugarte. Their last names come from both of their parents, with the father’s name listed first. In Spain, a country chastised for its machismo, the tradition of naming appears Continue Reading

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